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Runaway Pug Caught by Police, Takes Hilarious Mug Shot

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You know, sometimes our four-legged friends just can’t catch a break. They don’t always understand that locked doors, baby gates, and sturdy fences are there to keep them protected.

As the old saying goes, of course, it’s a dog’s life. Most days, canines while away the hours gazing out windows, chasing tennis balls, scratching, sniffing, and wolfing down kibble.

But the call of the wild is strong. Those blue skies and open fields can sure start to look inviting when you’re perched on the sofa every single afternoon.

So occasionally, a domesticated pooch decides to make a run for it. Most canines don’t realize that this yearning for epic adventure could cause permanent separation from the families they adore.

Just ask an audacious pug named Bean. This little pup’s recent thirst for excitement helped make her a social media starlet.

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It all started out simply enough. Bean furtively ambled away from her New Jersey home one day, perhaps in pursuit of a pesky squirrel or chipmunk.

And wouldn’t you know it, her precious pug mug wound up plastered across the internet as a result.



This roguish pooch perpetrator was picked up by New Jersey’s dedicated Cape May Police Department. These quick-witted officers came up with an adorable way to announce she’d been apprehended.

In a nutshell, Bean’s dispirited-looking “mutt mug shot” was featured on the department’s Facebook page. “This is what happens when you run away from home,” chided the post, in a wry effort to locate the dog’s rightful owner.

“This guy was captured sneaking through yards on the 1300 block of New Jersey Avenue,” continued the waggish summary.



The rest of Bean’s rap sheet remains shrouded in mystery, but it presumably includes madly scrambling toward the beach while startling local birds.

According to KSWB San Diego and several other news sources, bail was eventually posted in cookies. At that point, a repentant Bean was released to the waiting arms of her grateful humans.

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Fortunately, this tale has a happy ending — though runaway pups are really no laughing matter. The American Humane Association estimates that in the United States alone, over 10 million pets are lost or stolen annually.

But making sure your furry friend has a microchip can help encourage a joyful reunion. The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association confirms that microchipped pets are much more likely to be returned, safe and sound.


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Their statistics suggest that of all the lost dogs entering shelters, only about 22 percent are ever reunited with their families. For microchipped canines, however, that return-to-owner rate can increase by a whopping 238 percent.

This means more happy pets, and fewer tongue-in-cheek “wanted” posters going hilariously viral. Bean can tell you that firsthand.

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Mary Bittel is a professional writer, marketer, and published author. She's produced content for several respected media organizations, and dozens of major industries including education, animal welfare, healthcare, finance, non-profit, technology, and entertainment. As an accomplished musician, she's also worked in a therapeutic teaching capacity with developmentally disabled children.
Mary Bittel is a professional writer, marketer, and published author. She's produced content for several respected media organizations, and dozens of major industries including education, animal welfare, healthcare, finance, non-profit, technology, and entertainment. As an accomplished musician, she's also worked in a therapeutic teaching capacity with developmentally disabled children. Additionally, she's an avid animal lover who has spent much of her life rehabilitating abused rescue canines.
Books Written
"The Hidden Treasury: Stories of Wonders and Wanderings"
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Illinois
Languages Spoken
English, French
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Music, Marketing, Nutrition, Fitness, Pet Care/Behavior, Cooking, Entertainment




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